English pronunication course

HowtoMaketheSound

Place the tip of your tongue between your upper and lower teeth. Don't put it between your

lips. Make the sound by forcing air through the opening between your teeth and tongue.

Don't vibrate your vocal cords.

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Unit Seven: Information Gap Exercise A
In this exercise, sit opposite your partner. Your partner will ask you which word goes into
the empty boxes. You will pronounce the word in your box, and your partner will write
down what you said. Then you ask your partner to pronounce the words in your missing
boxes.
Possible questions:
"Can you tell me the word which is in D-2?"
"Could you repeat that, please?"
A1 B1 C1 D1
D2C2B2A2
D3C3B3A3
A4 B4 C4 D4
a 
pleasurable 
measure
lesion 
procedure
legendary 
legions
your Asian 
regions
an Asian 
agent
A Cajun 
region
rigid 
supervision
casual 
injury
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Unit Seven: Information Gap Exercise B
In this exercise, sit opposite your partner. Your partner will ask you which word goes into
the empty boxes. You will pronounce the word in your box, and your partner will write
down what you said. Then you ask your partner to pronounce the words in your missing
boxes.
Possible questions:
"Can you tell me the word which is in D-2?"
"Could you repeat that, please?"
A1 B1 C1 D1
D2C2B2A2
D3C3B3A3
A4 B4 C4 D4
proceeding
legion 
Eurasian 
legions
a 
measurable 
pleasure
casually 
injured
legendary 
lesions
a Cajun 
occasion
visionary
individual
an aging 
Asian
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UNIT 7 DIALOGUE
DIRECTIONS
Work with a partner and practice the following dialogue until you memorize it. When you
have memorized it, perform it for your instructor and class.
SITUATION
Jean Jacobs meets the Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien.
[F]: Hello, Mr. Prime Minister. It's a major pleasure to 
meet you.
[M]: Bonjour, Ms. Jacobs. The pleasure is all mine.
[F]: Please call me Jean, Mr. Prime Minister.
[M]: Thank you, Jean. And please call me Jean.
[F]: Thank you very much, Jean.
[M]: Jean, I hear that you are studying in a French
Immersion program.
[F]: Yes, that's right, Jean. It's a rigid regime — six hours a day.
[M]: Six hours a day! That's a major block of time, Jean.
[F]: Yes, it is. But I'm very encouraged by the results.
[M]: Good for you, Jean! Well, Canada's an unusual country for its
Language immersion programs.
[F]: Thank Goodness for that!
[M]: Yes, and TGIF!
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Unit 8: /æ/ // pat pet /pæt/ /pt/
How to make the sound
To make /æ/, put your tongue low and pushed forward a little. Spread your lips slightly, and
keep your jaw open. For //, close your jaw while saying /æ/, and you will hear the change
to //.
Exercise One: Word Repetition
Listen to the following words and repeat.
ad than bet blend
ham man ten led
mass clam meddle net
ladder sandwich step dress
Sally Andy Dennis Fred
Exercise Two: Minimal Pairs
Listen to the following word pairs. Repeat them, being careful to make the distinction
between the two sounds.
then than Brendan Brandon
bet bat Kent can't
met mat bread Brad
blend bland guess gas
end and led lad
Exercise Three: Phrases with /æ/ //.
Listen to your tape. You will hear phrases which either contain /æ/ //, or neither. For each
phrase, answer appropriately on the lines below by writing a, e, or ø.
1.____ 2.____ 3.____ 4.____
5.____ 6.____ 7.____ 8.____
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Exercise Four: Minimal Pair Distinction
Part One
You will hear the sentences below, but only one of the italicized words will be spoken.
Circle the word which you hear.
1. The boys set/sat their bottoms down on the curb.
2. They bought a lot of gems/jams from the specialty shop.
3. All my friends saw me and left/laughed.
4. He was sending/sanding some furniture when I called.
Part Two: Listen for the missing words and write them on the lines below.
5. The sea captain's ________________ was big.
6. The Prime Minister was _________________ to be home.
7. The church service was a real _____________________.
8. The gymnast managed a __________________ at the Olympics.
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Exercise Five: Dictation
Listen to the sentences and write them on the lines below.
1. _____________________________________ad said._____
2. _________________________________________________
3. _____________________________lacks________________
4. _____________________________bland_______________
5._______________________________________batter._____
Exercise Six: Questions for Answers Given
In this section, you will hear 5 answers. You will not hear the questions. Listen carefully to
the answer, and then record the question in the space provided on your tape by using your
drill/record button.
Example: ______________________? I'm fine, thanks.
(you record "How are you?" onto your tape BEFORE the answer. Then, cue your tape and
let your instructor listen.)
1. Was…
2. Has…
3. Have Fran's…
4. Haven't…
5.
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Unit 8 Tongue Twisters
Read each of the following sentences aloud, paying attention to the sounds from this lesson.
1. Lassie headed back to Peg and Allen for ten apples.
/læsiy hdd bæk tu p n æln fr tn æplz/
2. Hedley sadly said sending Sally a man was extra bad.
/hdliy sædliy sd snd sæliy  mæn wz kstr bæd/
3. Matt never had less capital than several checks ago.
/mæt nvr hæd ls kæptl æn svrl tks o/
4. Rather than settling Al and Ellie's debts, Fran just laughed and left.
/rær æn stl æl n liyz dts, fræn dst læft ænd lft/
5. Dennis and Kent can't dance because they're dense dancers.
/dns n knt kænt dæns bikz r dns dænsrz/
6. Dan's den is a sad shed back of Beck's badly built bed and breakfast.
/dænz dn z  sæd d bæk v bks bædliy blt bd ænd brkfst/
7. Clem's clams went up Betty's back and tampered with her temper.
/klmz klæmz wnt p btiz bæk ænd tæmprd w hr tmpr/
8. Ed's ad said track treks led lads into mass messes.
/dz æd sd træk trks ld lædz ntu mæs msz/
9. Ted tampered a tad in Brad's bread and jam.
/td tæmprd  tæd n brædz brd n dæm/
10. Stan stemmed his temper tantrum and lent Landry a bank check.
/stæn stmd hz tmpr tæntrm ænd lnt lændri  bk tk/
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UNIT 8: PAIRED DISTINCTION A
DIRECTIONS
Work with a partner. First, repeat the words below. Your partner will write down the word
which sounds different. Then, your partner will read his/her words. Write down the word
which sounds different.
1. then than then _______________
2. end end and _______________
3. set sat sat _______________
4. left laughed left _______________
5. guessed gassed gassed _______________
6. led led lad _______________
7. rap rep rep _______________
8. brad bread brad _______________
9. met mat mat _______________
10. ladder letter letter _______________
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UNIT 8: PAIRED DISTINCTION B
DIRECTIONS
Work with a partner. First, repeat the words below. Your partner will write down the word
which sounds different. Then, your partner will read his/her words. Write down the word
which sounds different.
1. ladder letter letter _______________
2. led led lad _______________
3. set sat sat _______________
4. brad bread brad _______________
5. left laughed left _______________
6. rap rep rep _______________
7. then than then _______________
8. end end and _______________
9. met mat mat _______________
10. guessed gassed gassed _______________
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Unit 8 Pair Dictation A
Directions: Work with a partner. Stand on the opposite side of the room from your partner.
Read, practice, and remember the first sentence from the dictation. Then, walk over to your
partner, and tell your partner the sentence. When your partner has written it correctly, go
back to this page, and read, practice and remember the next sentence. Finish the dictation in
this way.
Fat Pat
Pat was so fat that she made a bet with Lenny the vet. She bet him that she could get a fat
cat and a wet rat under her hat. Unfortunately, the fat cat was not Fat Pat's pet, and it sat on
the rat. The rat naturally ran away. Poor Fat Pat. She lost her bet.
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Unit Eight Pair Dictation B
Directions: Work with a partner. Stand on the opposite side of the room from your partner. Read, practice,
and remember the first sentence from the dictation. Then, walk over to your partner, and tell your partner
the sentence. When your partner has written it correctly, go back to this page, and read, practice and
remember the next sentence. Finish the dictation in this way.
Lenny the Vet
Lenny is a vet, and he met Fat Pat's wet rat. The rat had been sat upon by Pat's fat cat while
it was under Pat's hat. That rat was in bad shape. Lenny had to let that rat have a little nap.
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